GARY – An Illinois woman turned 88 cents into over $ 126,000 on Saturday when she landed the big jackpot on a slot machine at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

Teresita K. Nartatez of Antioch, Illinois had just $ 6.20 left in the Gold Stacks 88 Turtle Kingdom Slot when she took a spin of 88 cents, the minimum bet on the machine.

After a few minutes’ bonus, Nartatez won the machine’s maximum payout – a jackpot totaling $ 126,495.63.

This was Nartatez’s first trip to the new Hard Rock Casino, which opened on May 14 off Interstate 80/94 at the Burr Street exit.

Giovanni Taliaferro, director of memorabilia design for Hard Rock International, hosted a musical memorabilia tour of the Jackson family on Wednesday.

His big win comes the same week that a Chicago man played $ 2.50 in a progressive penny slot machine at Hard Rock and took home an incredible $ 293,791.80 in a single spin.

“We are always extremely happy when a guest at our casino wins a big win on our new slots or table games,” said Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

The Hard Rock has 1,448 slot machines available to players 24 hours a day. Records show that the casino paid out over $ 10 million to slot machine jackpot winners in August.

Under federal tax law, a jackpot, also known as a hand jackpot, is defined as a single win with a value of $ 1,200 or more.


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